I used to hate the old adage, “Work hard, Play hard”, but it’s the best mantra that I can use to describe my goal for 2018. Continue reading “Goals for 2018”
As with every year before it and, most likely, every year to come, 2017 was a year of ups and downs. Continue reading “Petite Adventures YEAR in Review: 2017”
Well, September was quite the month.
The first two weeks of the month were nothing short of a whirlwind. In just a matter of days I finished up work, packed up and (intensely) cleaned our flat, and said goodbye to friends.
Before I could even take a breath, we were on our way to Stockholm, saying goodbye to Leeds for the foreseeable future. Continue reading “Petite Adventures Month in Review: September 2017”
As mentioned last week in my Travel Bucket List Sweden, one of the things I’m looking forward to now that we call Stockholm home is exploring more of the country, as well as its Nordic neighbours.
The Nordic countries generally refer to Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and their territories including the Faroe and Åland Islands. This is an area of the world I’ve long been fascinated with, and have had the opportunity to explore a little bit.
But a little bit is never enough! Over the next few months, I’ll hopefully be getting up and out, and exploring and experiencing as much of the Nordic countries as possible.
Here are the top five things I want to see, do and eat in Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway:
After ten months of trying to adapt to life in Spain, I was very excited at the prospect of moving to the UK last fall. I’d spent a nearly a year living in a city where I struggled to converse with everyone, so I was more than looking forward to living in a land where I already knew and understood the language.
I looked forward to easy conversations and no longer feeling afraid to go to the bank.
I looked forward to reading menus and signs without questioning what I thought I understood.
And boy, did I ever look forward to eavesdropping. I know this sounds bad, but trust me, when you can’t understand a single conversation going on around you, you really start to miss it.
I so naively believed knowing the language would make integrating into a new city and making friends a breeze, when in fact, now that I look back on it, it might have actually made it harder.
Continue reading “How Knowing English Made Expat Life Harder in the UK”